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Short Hair: Shattered Bob


Bobs are always in style and can be custom cut and colored to enhance any type, texture or length of hair.

The right bob style can also work with any face shape. Adjustments can be made to the fringe or bang area, length and layers to play up some features and minimize others.

(Image courtesy of Tom Carson - all rights reserved - 2005 ).

In this classic bob style with light flicks, hair is precision cut dry with tons of shattered multi-length layers to create a circular head-hugging fringe effect for extreme movement, softness and shine.

A messy zig zagged side part directs the hair into a soft side swept fringy veil.

Ribbons of starkly contrasting ash hued block colors are carefully layered throughout the front and crown areas which are colored with a sassy base of honey and butter blonde.

Steal This Look

This is the ultimate sexy layered bob. This modern, shattered bob can be worn smooth or flat-ironed for a piecey, uber textured look.

Different lengths along the top and throughout the perimeter create structured surfaces and graphic base lines. The use of contrasting colors supports the impression of clarity and multi-layers. Styling can either enhance or break up the linear straightness.

First the tresses are blown out straight using Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz or a similar product. Rene Furterer - Anti-Dehydrating Vegetal Styling Spritz and Rene Furterer - Anti-Dehydrating Volumizing Mousse - Soft Hold or Rene Furterer - Anti-Dryness Protective Sun Mousse were applied to aid in support and texture.

(Image courtesy of Tom Carson - all rights reserved - 2005).

Next, hair was blown dry using a natural boar's bristle round brush to add height, sculpt and create flirty flicks. Finish the look with Rene Furterer - Styling Wax Sheer Shine applied to the ends to define the edges and enhance shine. Finish with a spritz of light hairspray or with Rene Furterer - Gentle Solution - Soft Hold. Avoid using a heavy spray that will prevent natural movement.

To keep this style in tip top shape the hair must be trimmed every 4 to 5 weeks. Highlights must be applied as root growth occurs. Consider using a color enhancing or protective shampoo and matching color conditioner like Rene Furterer - Color Enhancing Mask (Blonde) to maximize the life of the color.

Optional Styles

The options are endless with this style. Wear the style sleek and straight with lots of flicks or go wild with finger waves applied all around. Use a crimping iron to crimp random sections to create unusual texture. The options are limitless.


Bob hairstyles have been popular since Mary Louise Brooks aka Louise Brooks wore the first Bob hairstyle back during the late Roaring Twenties (1920s). Her trend-setting "bob" hairstyle set the hair world on its end.

Bobs aren't as simple and blunt cut as they were when Louise Brooks wore hers. Now they can morph through a dizzying array of texture changes ranging from uneven lengths to asymetrical choppy edges.

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